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Singapore's Fourth Generation Leaders To Pick Next PM 'In Good Time'

1/5/2018 8:10:12 AM
written By : Team India Se Print

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party’s fourth generation leaders released a joint statement on January 4 saying they were aware of the urgent need to select the next prime minister and would "settle on a leader from amongst us in good time".

The 16 office-holders were responding to Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's Facebook post on December 1 hoping the fourth generation leaders would be able to choose the next prime minister in six to nine months.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he hopes to hand over power to the next leader by the time he is 70, in 2022.

Three of the fourth generation leaders are tipped to be in the race to be the next prime minister. They are Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 56, Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing, 48.

However, Ong Ye Kung, also 48, has told the Straits Times he has already decided whom he wants to be the next prime minister, though he did not name his choice.

The leaders who signed the joint statement are:

  • Minister in Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing
  • Senior Minister of State (Communications and Information and Health) Chee Hong Tat,
  • Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu
  • Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat
  • Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry and National Development) Koh Poh Koon
  • Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee
  • Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli
  • Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng
  • Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung
  • Senior Minister of State (Communications and Information and Education) Janil Puthucheary
  • Senior Minister of State (Finance and Law) Indranee Rajah
  • Trade and Industry (Industry) Minister S Iswaran
  • Senior Minister of State (Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry) Sim Ann
  • Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin
  • Minister in Prime Minister's Office Josephine Teo
  • National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

 

They said in their joint statement:

"Political stability has been the hallmark of Singapore and smooth leadership succession has instilled confidence amongst Singaporeans and our friends around the world."

It added: "The younger Ministers are keenly aware that leadership succession is a pressing issue and that PM Lee intends to step down after the next General Election. We are conscious of our responsibility, are working closely together as a team, and will settle on a leader from amongst us in good time."

 

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